If you lead Junior Great Books® in your classroom, you know that students have the opportunity to write (or draw) throughout the Shared Inquiry™ process. Every unit gives students the opportunity to express themselves in discussion and through writing.

Please share with us your students’ writing and drawing from the Junior Great Books units you have led recently. We will feature chosen samples on our website, along with anything you would like to say about the influence and importance of Junior Great Books in your classroom. We will, of course, respect your students’ privacy, and only refer to them by first name and city or state, as you specify.

Email your submissions to:

Dan Lindstrom
Director of Marketing and Development
lindstrom-d@greatbooks.org

He will be in touch with you to let you know how and when we will feature your students’ writing and drawing!

*We will extend a 10% discount to the teachers whose students’ writing or drawing we feature. Discount applies to orders up to $10,000 and must be used by 6/30/24.

How Junior Great Books Incorporates Writing and Drawing

For each of the grade bands below, the writing and drawing activities included in each Shared Inquiry unit are age-appropriate, and inspire students to produce amazing work!

Series K–1

Students are asked to draw their interpretations of various scenes that they read about in each selection. For example, for the Series K story “Cornelius,” students are prompted to “draw the other crocodiles trying to stand on their heads and hang from their tails.” For “The Big Orange Splot” in Series 1, the interpretive drawing activity asks students to “draw the neighbors muttering after Mr. Plumbean paints his house.”

Series 2–5

Students have various options to write or draw during each unit. The “Head in the Clouds” activity in the Reader’s Journal gives students the opportunity to write or draw in response to story-specific prompts. Written and creative response prompts in Session 4 ask students to write brief expository essays or a piece of creative writing based on the story.

Series 6–8

In addition to writing questions and responses throughout the Shared Inquiry sequence of activities, students participating in Junior Great Books Series 6–8 write and review essays using the critical thinking and civil discourse skills they develop in discussion. The Reader’s Journal includes these helpful tools to guide students through each step of the writing process:

  • Evidence Organizer
  • Drafting Guide
  • Peer Review Checklist

The Evidence Organizer and Drafting Guide help students draw upon and extend the ideas they shared throughout the unit. The Peer Review Checklist supports students in asking each other questions about their drafts and making revisions, while maintaining the mutual respect and focus on evidence that are hallmarks of Shared Inquiry.

Interpretive Drawing

Learn More

To learn more about all of the language arts skills that Junior Great Books addresses for your students, including reading comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, critical thinking, writing, and listening and speaking, please get in touch with your Great Books K–12 partnership manager.